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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Why can't Goring stay longer at the Chiltern's in Act 1, Part 3?
(a) He promised to stop by the Harlocks'.
(b) He is tired.
(c) He's bored.
(d) He has to work the next day.

2. To what flower does the author compare Mrs. Cheveley?
(a) A rose.
(b) An orchid.
(c) A tulip.
(d) A daisy.

3. According to Mabel, what is London society comprised of?
(a) Beautiful idiots and brilliant lunatics.
(b) Boring socialites.
(c) Beautiful geniuses.
(d) Brilliant idiots and beautiful lunatics.

4. After Mrs. Cheveley leaves the party at the Chiltern's, what does Mabel tell Goring they cannot talk about?
(a) The Royal Academy, Mrs. Cheveley, and novels in Scotch dialect.
(b) Her dinner date with Tommy.
(c) Marriage.
(d) Politics, money, and Mrs. Cheveley.

5. How does Mrs. Cheveley reply to Sir Robert when he asks, "What brought you into my life?"
(a) His wife.
(b) Careful planning.
(c) Circumstances.
(d) Her good luck.

6. Why does Goring say people are pleased to find out about other people's secrets?
(a) It distracts public attention from their own.
(b) They like juicy gossip.
(c) It gives them something to talk about.
(d) It makes them feel better.

7. What does Sir Robert offer Mrs. Cheveley in Act 1, Part 2?
(a) A good word to Goring.
(b) A high position in London society.
(c) Any sum of money she wants.
(d) A brooch.

8. Who does Mrs. Cheveley say will have the loathsome joy of dragging Sir Robert down in the mud and mire?
(a) The English newspapers.
(b) Lady Chiltern.
(c) Baron Arnheim.
(d) The English parliament.

9. What is Sir Robert's initial response to Mrs. Cheveley's request concerning his speech?
(a) He asks her to come watch him speak.
(b) He is very excited.
(c) He refuses.
(d) He agrees.

10. According to Lady Markby, what is fashionable in marriage nowadays?
(a) For people never to marry.
(b) For people to wait until they are older to marry.
(c) For people to marry as often as they can.
(d) For people to stay together for a long time.

11. According to Lady Markby, what about Sir John has become unbearable?
(a) His temper.
(b) His constant talking.
(c) His drinking.
(d) His weight.

12. In Act 1, Part 1, what is needed at the embassy to prevent the ambassador from being recalled?
(a) Good security.
(b) A proper invitation.
(c) A good chef.
(d) Proper manners.

13. In Act 1, Part 3, what does Lady Chiltern tell Sir Robert he's always been?
(a) A good husband.
(b) An ideal.
(c) A wise politician.
(d) A smart man.

14. What does Lady Chiltern tell Goring he'd find interesting about her meeting in Act 1, Part 2?
(a) The women.
(b) Everything.
(c) Nothing.
(d) The refreshments.

15. According to Mrs. Cheveley, what was considered excessively vulgar and middle class in the old days?
(a) To marry for love.
(b) To attend social gatherings.
(c) To pretend to be a bit better than one's neighbors.
(d) To marry for money.

Short Answer Questions

1. What reason does Lord Caversham give for never going anywhere?

2. In Act 1, Part 2, who says, "I like tedious, practical subjects. What I don't like are tedious, practical people"?

3. How well did Goring know Mrs. Cheveley in the past?

4. During the Chiltern's dinner party, where does Mrs. Cheveley say she will be the next night at half past eleven?

5. What request does Mrs. Cheveley make of Sir Robert concerning the report he is to give to the House of Commons?

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